Open source and scholarly publishing get a lot of chatter that can, and often does, overshadow the significant potential it has to lead organizations to modernized, efficient workflows. This interesting topic came to us from The Scholarly Kitchen in their guest post, “Open Source and Scholarly Publishing.

Many believe that scientific publishing lags behind others in the adoption of digital or open source tools. Scientific publishing is competitive and lucrative. New digital-era technologies present a huge opportunity to accelerate discovery, make science collaborative instead of competitive, and redirect investments from infrastructure development into research that benefits society.

With open source there comes security concerns. Enterprises are leveraging a variety of open source products including: operating systems, code libraries, software, and applications for a range of business use cases. While using open source comes with cost, flexibility, and speed advantages, it can also pose some unique security challenges. The nature of open source software means that while it is reviewed by multiple developers, additional steps should be taken to ensure its security.

Melody K. Smith

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